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Freshman English is a foundation course for high school English classes. Grammar basics including the parts of speech, the parts of a sentence, phrases, clauses, diagramming, usage, and mechanics are reviewed in conjunction with writing and editing skills. Guidelines for formal writing are introduced along with structured paragraph writing and the five-paragraph essay. The research unit emphasizes finding credible sources, documenting in MLA style, and summarizing information. An exploration of each literary genre includes literary terminology and thematic writing. Prominent works include To Kill a Mockingbird, the Odyssey, and Romeo and Juliet. Outside reading is an additional requirement for each nine weeks.
Located between a ninth-grade anthology of literature from various countries and a junior study of British literature is the sophomore year, rich with the American traditions of Twain, Dickinson, Steinbeck, and Frost. In a literature brimming with this country's talents, students focus on background material of the time periods, biographical sketches of the authors, and two classic novels in The Scarlet Letter and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Threaded throughout these studies are literature-based vocabulary and grammar that focus on noun functions, pronoun usage, verbals, conjunctions, clauses, and diagramming. The writing of paragraphs and major papers helps to connect all aspects of the English II curriculum: literature, vocabulary, and grammar.
Junior English introduces students to English literature, from Beowulf and Chaucer to Shakespeare and the writers of the Romantic and Victorian periods. Students have major outside reading projects each nine weeks. Grammar study builds on a review of the basics and emphasizes verbal phrases and clauses. Throughout the school year students write short papers on literary topics. Students learn the process of writing a major research paper, including library techniques, note cards, rough drafts, outlines, citations, and formal writing style.
English IV, the culmination of high school language skills, first of all prepares the student for college composition courses. Writing, both formal and informal, is the foundation of the year's study. A survey of grammar strengthens each writer's skills in proofreading and revision. Secondly, the course introduces seniors to selections from world literature, with an emphasis on drama. Works such as Hamlet and Death of a Salesman illustrate the universality of man's condition, needs, and vision. Because of its emphasis on literature and writing, the course provides seniors with a broad base for university work.
AP English Literature and Composition
AP English “is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature” (CollegeBoard). The units taught emphasize the development of both critical thinking and writing skills. Required writing includes expository and argumentative essays, at least one of them documented. Close analysis of each literary piece will include structure, theme, and style. Students should also demonstrate competence in grammar, mechanics, usage, and organization. This university-level course uses key works from world literature, British literature, and American literature. Hopefully, each young scholar will not only appreciate a variety of literary works but also experience, interpret, and evaluate these works. (College credit depends on the individual college’s policies regarding acceptance of AP courses and each student’s performance on the AP exam). Prerequisite: English IIIH and instructor’s approval
English IV Honors
English IV Honors, the culmination of high school language skills, first prepares the student for college composition courses. Writing, both formal and informal, is the foundation of the year's study with multiple opportunities, both inside and outside of class, to illustrate and improve individual writing skills and style. Also, a survey of grammar throughout the year strengthens each writer's skills in proofreading and revision. Secondly, the course introduces seniors to selections from world literature, with an emphasis on drama. Works such as Hamlet and Death of a Salesman illustrate the universality of man's condition, needs, and vision. The course also emphasizes additional texts, such as The Great Gatsby, and mandatory outside reading texts assigned each quarter to better prepare the student in texts that are considered general knowledge in most university settings. Because of its emphasis on literature and writing, the course provides seniors with a broad base for university work at a high academic expectation.
The honors program in English strives to provide challenging classes by teaching students on a grade level above their own. Lipscomb offers honors at each grade level. Prospective students for this program must have a solid knowledge of grammar, a demonstrated writing ability, a desire to pursue scholarship, and the recommendation of their English teacher. The courses at each level focus on writing and literature, grammar and research. At the end of each year, the teacher determines whether or not these students continue in the program for the following year and if new students will be allowed to enter the program.